Does ISP's provide routers?

  oo7juk 23:24 04 Jan 2007


My mother-in-law has just purchased a laptop, if she contacs a ISP will they provide her with a router. I've never had a laptop so don't know how it works.

Many thanks

  johnnyrocker 23:28 04 Jan 2007

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  sean-278262 00:34 05 Jan 2007

My provider EFH broadband did provide a modem. However a wired router is about £20. It can prove easier than getting your ISP to ship you out a modem. Often takes them 28days or some such rubbish.

  bainy 01:03 05 Jan 2007

Most of them will provide a router but they will tie you into a 12 month contract and some will supply a router depending on the type of broadband product purchased. Best to get your own router (£40+) and have a monthly rolling contract from your isp.

  pac73 01:43 05 Jan 2007

Most isp,s make you sign for 12 months when you first sign up.Im with Telewest Blueyonder Broadband,and i got a Motorola Surfboard Modem delivered with all cables and installation cds within 3 days of the phone call.Im really happy with TW,as ive not encountered any problems in the 11 months ive been with them.PAC 73.

  Jimmy14 03:35 05 Jan 2007

The only isp's I know that provide wireless routers are,

BT- Their own BT Home Hub comes free with options 2 and 3 on Total Broadband Packages otherwise you can pay £30 for the wireless hub on option 1 or £50 over the phone.

Sky- Sky provide a free Netgear DG834G wireless router with all their broadband packages which of course requires you to have their tv package to get broadband from them.

AOL- They provide a wireless router with all of their broadband packages

  oo7juk 17:35 12 Jan 2007

Thanks, she recevied her modem yesterday. Just one question, if she wants to use the laptop in different rooms will she have to buy a router or some sort of card that lets her do this.

Many thanks.

  Dipso 22:42 12 Jan 2007

If she has a phone point in each room it would just be a case of moving the modem and plugging it in.

Otherwise if she bought a wireless modem/router (abandoning the modem) after setting it up she could connect wirelessly throughout the house.

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